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Digitalization in Machine Tool Manufacturing



At EMO 2017 Siemens showcased its integrated, end-to-end digitalization portfolio and demonstrated how machine tool users and manufacturers can benefit from digitalization.

"The Digital Enterprise Suite comprises software-based systems and automation components that cover every conceivable requirement arising along the industrial value chain. During actual production, products such as manufacturing operations management (MOM), Simatic IT, Sinumerik CNC and the Simatic S7 PLC portfolio are available," said a company spokesperson.

Siemens exhibited its portfolio of digital platforms and a variety of applications that demonstrated how digitalization can work seamlessly, from the machine tool up to the corporate management level. The digitalization portfolio for machine tool builders ranges from the machine concept and engineering, through to commissioning and servicing. For machine operators, the range of digitalization solutions covers the entire value chain, from product engineering and production planning to actual production and digital services. With its holistic approach, Siemens is capable of designing the real process chain of the machine tool builder and the machine user - identically in the virtual world (digital twin).

One highlight of the show demonstrated the possibilities opened up by digitalization through connection to MindSphere, a cloud-based, open internet of things (IoT) operating system. Siemens' first MindSphere application for machine tools is Manage MyMachines. Siemens linked approximately 200 CNC machines to the cloud with MindSphere. Manage MyMachines allows machine operators to have a cloud-based overview of important machine data and the current operating status of their machines. The resulting transparency allows users the chance to respond and optimize their production accordingly.

Siemens also featured the Sinumerik Edge, a hardware and software solution for machine-level application (edge computing). Sinumerik Edge processes and analyzes process data practically in real time with the machining process. Decoupling the data processing tasks and process control ensures the necessary degree of process security, for which Siemens offers customized edge apps for functions such as monitoring and optimization. Machine tool builders and service providers can also integrate their own Edge apps into the open platform.

"Digitalization is set to fundamentally transform and advance the machine tool industry," said Dr. Wolfgang Heuring, CEO of the Siemens Motion Control Business Unit. "By linking the digital and real worlds, we will be able to open up new, significant possibilities to boost productivity and develop new business models. This applies to both those who build and use CNC machines. It also applies to small- and medium-sized enterprises, as it does to the big players in the industry. Digitalization is the main driver of growth and profitability in the machine tool industry both locally and worldwide."

For more information contact:

John Meyer

Siemens Industry, Inc.

390 Kent Ave.

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

847-640-1595

john.meyer@siemens.com

www.usa.siemens.com/cnc

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